bile acid

noun

Definition of bile acid

: any of several steroid acids (such as cholic acid) of or derived from bile

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Recent Examples on the Web Tamez never showed elevated liver enzymes, though her bile acid levels were very high. Christina Caron, New York Times, "Itching During Pregnancy? It Might Signal a Bigger Problem.," 17 Apr. 2020 When bile acid levels rise to normal, Hippo comes back on, and liver growth turns off again. TheWeek, "How do body parts grow to their right sizes?," 17 Feb. 2020 In addition, the researchers report for the first time that bile acids also stimulate endocytosis in the small intestine. Houston Chronicle, "Betrayed by bile: bile acids help norovirus sneak into cells," 3 Jan. 2020 One type of bacterium from the Verrucomicrobia phylum, Akkermansia muciniphila, seemed to play a role in a healthy aging process, the researchers say, possibly by increasing the amounts of secondary bile acids in the gut. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Poop transplants can help prematurely old mice live longer," 29 July 2019 Yogurt, milk, and cheese in particular neutralize stomach acid and bile acid, increasing the probability that probiotics will reach the intestines. Beth Janes, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Probiotics, According to Experts," 11 May 2019 One type of bacterium from the Verrucomicrobia phylum, Akkermansia muciniphila, seemed to play a role in a healthy aging process, the researchers say, possibly by increasing the amounts of secondary bile acids in the gut. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Poop transplants can help prematurely old mice live longer," 29 July 2019 Yogurt, milk, and cheese in particular neutralize stomach acid and bile acid, increasing the probability that probiotics will reach the intestines. Beth Janes, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Probiotics, According to Experts," 11 May 2019 The bed of excrement also contained unusual levels of bile acids and fatty compounds found in the digestive tracts of horses and ruminants. Smithsonian, "How (and Where) Did Hannibal Cross the Alps?," 29 July 2017

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circa 1881, in the meaning defined above

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bile acid

noun

Medical Definition of bile acid

: any of several steroid acids (as cholic acid) that occur in bile usually in the form of sodium salts conjugated with glycine or taurine

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